You live in the residence halls, but do you know who they are named after? From rock and roll musicians to Supreme Court Judges, these remarkable individuals were trailblazers and continue to inspire us on the relentless pursuit of tomorrow’s big ideas.
On February 22 Stony Brook’s new Chávez and Tubman Residence Halls officially opened along with East Side Dining.
1. This building is named after the first deaf and blind person to receive a bachelor’s degree.
Helen Keller, with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan, became the first deaf and blind person to receive a bachelor of arts degree with honors. She became a writer and political activist and a synonym of what the human spirit can accomplish in spite of physical limitations. She also founded the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.